South Cen­tral Al­berta feels like Leth­bridge for a day

The Drumheller Mail - - SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE - Terri Hux­ley

Due to ex­ces­sive winds, the en­tire south cen­tral part of Al­berta felt like Leth­bridge for a day.

Winds reached up to 100 km per hour on top of the hill, with Keoma reach­ing the high­est recorded wind strength of 117 km.

In Drumheller, no record break­ing winds oc­curred but dam­age was ev­i­dent.

“It was pretty min­i­mal over­all like there was a cou­ple of downed trees, like there was a tree that fell over by River­side Park,” said Dar­ryl Dro­he­mer­ski, Di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada, re­ports from Tues­day, May 23 winds reached just un­der 100 km per hour in Mor­rin and Hand Hills area.

Work crews in­clud­ing the Town of Drumheller and Car­il­lion have worked seam­lessly to dis­card any de­bris that may have ob­structed homes and road­ways.

“We work well to­gether be­tween the Town and Car­il­lion to kind of make sure that we’re not in­con­ve­nienc­ing our res­i­dents or vis­i­tors by de­ter­min­ing who’s re­spon­si­bil­ity it is,” said Dro­he­mer­ski.

At ap­prox­i­mately 10:30 p.m., Drumheller Fire crew re­sponded to a tree that had fallen across the North Di­nosaur Trail near the Di­nosaur RV Re­sort, where they worked tire­lessly through wind and rain to clear it.

On an­other note, no re­ports in­di­cated wa­ter lev­els ris­ing enough to cause flooding within the val­ley.

“‘It was more of a spray than a heavy down­pour so it was just more the wind,” said Dro­he­mer­ski.

The Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club was closed down Wed­nes­day morn­ing as many trees and branches have lit­tered the course.

A tree branch was found on an­other tree, caus­ing it to lean onto a power pole near DVSS, ul­ti­mately caus­ing some power is­sues.

More than one power is­sue hap­pened as Rosedale was com­pletely out of power due to arc­ing from some trees where they con­tin­u­ally hit power poles.

As calls came in to the pub­lic works branch, work­ers dealt with the sit­u­a­tion.

Cit­i­zens are urged to call the Pub­lic Works Of­fice at 403823-1330 or call the Town of­fice in the event of fu­ture emer­gen­cies where you will be redi­rected.

Any­one is also en­cour­aged to share their in­for­ma­tion and prob­lems on the Town of Drumheller Face­book page. Any ma­jor prob­lems on evenings or week­ends can be di­rected to the af­ter-hours phone num­ber at 403-8232512.

“There’s a lot of cities, re­cov­er­ing from ex­ten­sive trees and wind dam­age as a re­sult of that but it seems we were lucky and es­caped the brunt of that storm,” said Dro­he­mer­ski.

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